Ill-informed and tone-deaf: Sara Ali Khan's 'All Lives Matter' stance sparks outrage

Maybe the Bollywood starlet should have left this one in the drafts

Entertainment Desk June 05, 2020
PHOTO: SARA ALI KHAN/INSTAGRAM

Bollywood starlet Sara Ali Khan sure knows how to make headlines. The Simmba actor has every now and then irked many with her two cents on grave matters.

Earlier, she was schooled for her thougths on colourism in India, when she had shared, “If you wanna be tan, just put on some bronzer, and if you wanna be fair, put on some powder. It’s not the end of the world, and it shouldn’t define you at all."

However, recently, she has become a topic of an intense social media discussion after the Love Aaj Kal actor  faced brutal trolling for her ‘All Lives Matter’ Instagram post, which has now been deleted.

Sara - a graduate from Columbia University in Political Science - became a top Twitter trend on Thursday night as social media users slammed the young starkid with many even calling her ‘clout chasing racist.’

What appeared to have caused the Twitter outrage was an Instagram post by Sara, which read, “All Lives Matter’ instead of ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Sara striking off ‘Black’ to replace it with ‘All’ too did not go down well with Twitterati.

No sooner did Sara’s post become public, she began to face brutal trolling with users even hurling abuses at the Kedarnath actor.

"Why do bollywood celebrities even open their mouth why, Sara Ali Khan is the prime example of what money can get you a degree in a good college but not brains," a user shared.



"Sara Ali Khan has a political science degree in Columbia University. Surely, she must have known why "All Lives Matter" as a response to "Black Lives Matter" is problematic?" another one added.



"The Brown Asians who tweet #AllLivesMatters are the biggest halfwits. Sara Ali Khan is a History Grad from Columbia, one of the best university of the world and yet she doesn't understand how discrimination worked throughout history. A perfect combo of Privilege and Foolishness," wrote another tweep.



"Sara Ali Khan, a history grad from columbia, not only accessorising a black model in one of her shoots but also supporting all lives matter on a platform where she has a significant following is further proof that going to an ivy league doesn’t necessarily mean you’re smart," said one user.



"Sara Ali Khan is a prime example of how privilege can give you the access to education in one of the best universities but not brains to apply that and learn from there," one more user commented.



"Ofcourse, she crossed out Black and then reduced it down to animal rights...that political science degree looking real good Sara Ali Khan," taunted a Twitter user.



The difference between the two:

At its face, "All Lives Matter" sounds like a we're-all-in-this-together statement. Some may be using the phrase to suggest that all races should join hands and stand together against racism, which is a sentiment that comes from a good place.

But the problem is, the phrase actually takes the focus away from those who need it. Saying "All Lives Matter" redirects the attention from Black lives, who are the ones in peril.

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Adil | 1 month ago | Reply | Recommend she should stick to acting or modelling which is her craft.
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